This November has been a lovely little month, we’ve had fireworks and camp fires, a trip to the theatre, family visits and the general whirl of life. This is the month when I get organised for Christmas, I prep up in November so I can relax and enjoy all the Christmas fun in December, so its been evenings with lists and jobs.
The month started with a fireworks night with the cubs, there is something special about being wrapped up on a clear night, with stars shining brightly and watching pretty fireworks in the sky, its a British tradition which I love.
I took Little Man to the theatre this month, I would have taken both children but Little Miss had a diary date. We saw the play ‘You’ve got Dragons’ based on the book of the same title. The dragons in the title are your worries and it was exceptionally well done to help the young audience understand their fears and how they can ‘tame’ them. I was so impressed on a number of levels, firstly the cast had two deaf actors so it was fully signed and had lots of screens to help understand the story too, it was great to see an inclusive play. The children also got little gifts as they left to help them be more mindful, a wristband, sheet of activities and the all important sticker! Little Man did grasp the theme of the play and has since spoken about his worries with me and we’ve come up with ideas to help.
My final watch this month was our town’s remembrance parade and short service at the war memorial. Our town embraced the centenary of the armistice and there were poppies and flags everywhere for remembrance. The town’s shops and businesses were asked to place a poster in their window to remember one of the ninety nine local men killed in World war 1. The results were stunning, with many doing extra research of ‘their’ soldier and making very poignant displays. Little Man paraded with the cubs and took it very seriously. I felt truly moved as I watched the wreaths being laid. There was a large gathering around the memorial, and as we stood in silence as dusk fell and the gentle waves lapped on the beach, there was a profound feeling of peace and gratitude.
This month I really enjoyed a 5 part serialisation of Michelle Obama’s book Becoming. Its available on the BBC Sounds app. Michelle’s warmth, wit and intelligence shine through the series and although this was just highlights, I am looking forward to reading the book soon.
Despite reading 42 books so far this year, I have not finished a book this month. I’m currently reading Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult and am finding it uncomfortable but compulsive reading. Many evenings I’ve been planning Christmas where I have read a few recipe books and magazines for foodie inspiration.
Although the majority of the month has been unseasonably warm, we got a few stormy days and I have loved wearing my new winter coat. To buy a warm, winter coat was one of my #18for2018, I always intend to buy a winter coat but can never find one, put if off because of price, or think that my current one will last one more season. In the Beast from the East earlier this year, I realised my coat was not warm enough and in a rash move, recycled it, it was one way to ensure I bought a new one. My coat is a technical design for temperatures upto – 20, it is so cosy with the biggest hood and I am so happy with it.
Its been a month of homemade casseroles, soups and meals to warm body and soul. I’ve also made lots of lists, orders, plans all checked and ticked in my Christmas book. It keeps me sane and ready to enjoy December.
So November was a memorable month full of lovely local events. I’m ready and excited for December, my diary is bursting with special events and I can’t wait for the sparkle, lights and songs to begin.